Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775

Timing is everything. So what better time than during this season of reflection, repentance and renewal to reconsider the scarcity of time that characterizes so many of our lives? Indeed, so much in our tradition demands our attention to time. As the renowned Jewish thinker, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, wrote: "Jewish ritual may be characterized as the art of significant...
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By:
Philip A. Cunningham
The recent controversy over the proposed construction of an Islamic center and mosque in Lower Manhattan has raised unsettling questions about religious freedom, sensitivity to the victims of Sept. 11, Islamaphobia, political demagoguery and the limits of accommodation by the majority society to minorities. Some commentators have acknowledged the legal right of the mosque's sponsors to build their center, but...
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By:
Uri Snyder
Not long ago, I was one of those millions of young Americans who found themselves without a job after graduation. So I pursued an internship, which has become a critical step toward professional development for my generation. But what mattered most in the end was not just what I did, but where I went -- to Israel. For five months,...
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No One's Turned Away Because They Can't Pay I read with great dismay the article titled " 'Paying to Pray': Can You Get Around That?" (City & Suburb, Sept. 2). This article -- and its offensive headline -- only serves to perpetuate the all-too-prevalent myth that synagogue membership is for High Holiday tickets only. Membership in a synagogue is about...
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Isn't it a bit odd that it's still so difficult to find a seat in synagogue on the High Holidays? With all the hand-wringing over declining affiliation among American Jewry-- and the survey numbers to back it up -- you'd think that attendance on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur would be down, too. The fact that it's still the place...
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